Original Roy's, Hawaii Kai

4.6
1064 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Welcome to the Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai!

For the past 30 years, guests have enjoyed Roy Yamaguchi's award winning Hawaiian Inspired Euro Asian Cuisine, globally sourced orignial wines and Roy's Aloha style of service. Roy's chefs utilize the freshest local ingredients, bold Asian spices, European sauces and focus on fresh seafood. A breathtaking view of Maunalua Bay may be enjoyed from the main dining room or private dining room that is available for a special occasion or business gathering.
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Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a great time. The food was good, the dessert was to die for. We love going to Roy’s they never disappoint us.

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food, service and we would recommend highly to everyone!

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DT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Noisy, crowded, cramped, overpriced. Food portions stingy. Decent wine pour.

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B
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Great View, and friendly staff. Definitely recommend to others.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made reservations at the original Roy’s for Valentines Day. Dinner was a prix fixe 5 course menu consisting of one oyster on a half shell, small soup, small salad, main entree, and bite size desserts. It was expensive but well worth the expense for the quality. My only complaint was the dessert as I found it super sweet.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing . The service was awesome

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JM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Went valentines night and placed in private room area. Food was great but it was
So loud and congested. Restaurant didn’t really do much to improve the “banquet” room ambiance. Considering it was Valentine’s Day, for the Amoy t of money you spend for a dinner at Roy’s I would have expected them to invest some money to make the atmosphere more elegant

You have to go to the bar however and see Scott. He’s a great bartender and
Takes very good care of his patrons!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Valentines Dinner. It was crowded and food came out slower than normal. Fixed menu for Valentines. Seafood was great.

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r
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Worth the ride out from Waikiki. Highly recommend, we would go again.

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b
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Was surprised to see service stall out so much. Asked for rice three times. Bread came almost at the end of the meal. Had to get up from table and walk across the room to ask for coffee refill. Pretty disappointed knowing I been coming here for so long

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DG
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time. Top notch food and service. Can’t beat it for a romantic night out.
Love this place.

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RR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes its a wonderful dining experience and the fixed price menu provides excellent value

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TA
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 3rd time spending our anniversary with Roy's Hawaii Kai. Truly amazing food, service and atmosphere. See you soon Roy's!

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent

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KA
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Original Roy's has always been my favorite. The food is good, although this time around, the Kale Ceasar was just too salty. Everything else we ordered was very tasty. The service awesome! Very attentive.

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EO
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our server was friendly and attentive, but the food was mediocre at best. Asked what the difference was between the Dorado and the Mahi-mahi, and was told none....they just needed more menu options??? I choose the macadamia nut encrusted Dorado. The thicker half of the fish was not edible, under cooked and unenjoyable, and lacked the ‘mac’.
The dining room was uncomfortably loud, would have preferred dining downstairs at the bar area with live guitarist. Note to self!Our reservation was after the sun went down, therefore the best reason for going to this restaurant was lacking. The upstairs ambiance is just not so good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dining experience at Roy’s. It is wonderful to be recognized as regular customers and treated as such. Highly recommend Roy’s. Service is always amazing. Food delicious. Servers very accommodating

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SJ
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Dining upstairs was very intimate and great for a post elopement wedding dinner. General Manager was wonderful and congratulated personally. Downstairs was great for a quick bite and drinks. Also had live music outside on the night we were there. Will be back when we visit the island.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top of the line; the food and the service.

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OT
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my all time favorites. Excellent food, excellent service, and a place to go back to time and again.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

2 of our party had the Butter Fish and they were violently ill from the middle oft the night for the next 36 hours -

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CH
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and awesome service! Thank you so much!

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OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

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M
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful! Gotta try the brusselsprout salad. Service was superb!

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WS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been coming to Roy's since the early days when Roy would answer the phone and make reservations. Those days are gone. The Hawaii Kai Roy's does not compare to the Roy's in Waikiki or Koolina. The portions were too small for the price. If the bar upstairs is functional, they make terrible cocktails. When Reiner was behind the bar, during the golden years, and Roy was cooking......it was one of the finest eating experiences in the world. Today, Roy's Hawaii Kai is a relic of its past glory. If I go back.....it will be to just have a drink downstairs. Honestly, far more bang for the buck and a great bar, great steaks......the Outback, 100 feet away is a much better dining experience. Actually, Assaggios is a better experience than Roy's Hawaii Kai....and I never thought I would say this. Roy's Hawaii Kai is now in it's Edgar Allan Poe years.

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C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to dine.

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f
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Unlike many other "iconic" restaurants Roy’s manages to live up to the hype

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BH
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I’ve been eating at Roy’s restaurants, including Hawaii Kai for many many years - and always a good meal.
Food is always reliable, generous portions, and often reasonable. The four of us all enjoyed a 3 course pre-fix this visit for $50 per person ($70 with wine pairing). Great value for a nice appetizer, beautiful piece of Ono, and a wonderful chocolate soufflé . They called it a Soufflé, although more a warm, molten filled chocolate cake with vanilla ice-cream. Never the less terrific. The piece of Ono, a la carte was $42. So, $50 for all three courses we thought was very fair.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The original Roy’s is one of our favorite places to go it’s in our neighborhood and the food is consistently excellent great views of the bay and wonderful service

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j
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I want to commend Stacy our waitress. She was outstanding.
Thank you Stacy for making our night with our grandson memorable.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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b
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Roy's was delicious! Would order the same again. I had a seafood chowder, except when it came, the "chowder" was a delicious sauce at the bottom of the bowl. Excellent because you don't fill up on the liquid and have room to enjoy the delicious seafood. The shrimp was the best, nice and sweet. The scallops were huge, fish was done perfectly and crab was so ono! My husband had the rib steak. It was delicious and tender.

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CN
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fixed price meal was a good deal. But the short ribs needed more flavor. Soft but it needed more salt.

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C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am never disappointed when I go to a Roy's restaurant. This was my first time at the Original Roy's in Honolulu and my family and I enjoyed the experience enormously.

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Special dinner plan was met with rude unwelcoming host and ended with just ok food. (But the oysters were fabulous.) But the server taking care of us was awesome. Unfortunately, would not recommend and would never return.

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AC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here forever. It just keeps getting better. Never disappointed. Roy keeps the traditional dishes that made him famous and always has new dishes to try. My favorite restaurant on Oahu!

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PM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, good service, cost was reasonable. However the sound level would be too high for an intimate dinner, so only go for casual dinners

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TL
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great evening with the family! Only wished I was informed beforehand of the special menu for holiday.
Service as always was awesome! Love this one the best!!

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m
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Original Roy's New Year's Eve Prix Fixe Dinner. I've been here several years in a row for this dinner service and tonight was my least favorite. We had a 630 reservation and once we found our way through the deceptively labelled 4-course meal (which was actually 5 courses), we were able to order. Unfortunately, the first course was oysters on the half shell, which none of us could eat, so our waiter offered the chef's substitution--sliced tomatoes. Yeah, you read that right...sliced tomatoes. I was in a bit of disbelief, but ok, bring it on. It arrived. Not at all impressed. Sliced tomatoes. Then things started to slow down. Rea.l.l.y..s..l..o..w...d...o....w....n. It became apparent that the kitchen--so early on in this long evening-- had already gone into the weeds. It would take a total of 45 minutes for the kitchen to then produce a small salad and a cup of chowder as the next two courses. Our waiter was open about what was going on and he was completely apologetic. He offered and comp'd a glass of pinot noir for the one person in our party who drinks. The other two of us nursed a glass of water, that was refilled many, many times over the following 40 minutes--before our entrees arrived. When they did arrive, they were fine. There was nothing exciting or notable about any of them. At a time when other celebrated island chefs are resting on their laurels and becoming stale, I've come to expect more from Original Roy's. Geez, it's your flagship restaurant, Chef. Honestly, this meal was neither worth the $335 (w/tip for 3 people) nor the effort to drive out to Hawaii Kai. It was perfectly fine and edible, but it was no better than what other restaurants in town are doing. I'm pretty disappointed, because Roy's just had their big blow-out 30th anniversary celebration and I figured they would be on their game. It just didn't happen. I think I'll stay in town for dinner from now on.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Heard so much about this place and so we tried it--but was very disappointed. The food was fair and the service less so. The noise in the restaurant was intolerable--

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